LibriVox recording of The Seventh Man, by Max Brand.
The Seventh Man by Max Brand, tells part of the story of the larger-than-life western character, Dan Barry, known as “Whistling Dan,” and his alter-ego companions, Black Bart, the wolf-dog, and Satan, the indomitable black stallion. It’s also the story of Kate Cumberland and the incredible five-year-old daughter of Kate and Dan, Joan. We first see Dan as a gentle, caring man with a deep sense of fairness. But then, after six years of a peaceful life in their mountain cabin Dan, more feral than human, sets out to revenge an injustice by killing seven men. Ultimately, it is his devotion to his daughter and Kate’s love for the child that brings about the climax of the tale. Warning: don’t look for a typical cowboy story here – it’s far deeper and stronger than that.
(Summary by Robert Keiper)
Read by Robert Keiper.
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March 12, 2012 Subject:
Some might call "Whistling Dan" an animal rights fanatic or even an "eco-terrorist" today because he puts animal life on a par with human life. The Indians play no role in this western, but what drives it is the theme of going native, a civilized man reverting to the wild. Today, we don't understand wildness because civilization has paved it over, but there was a time when it was a struggle to stay civilized....good reader, he doesn't distract from the story. Why is each chapter prefaced....that does distract.
February 25, 2012 Subject:
As a minor author myself of Western fiction, I stand in awe of Brand's writing. His character of Dan Barry is both less and more than human. Only a writer of Brand's genius could carry off this story. The reader, btw, is highly professional and convincing. He even does voices for women and little girls.
February 7, 2011 Subject:
The Seventh Man is the third in a series about Whistlin' Dan, his horse, his dog/wolf and the girl who loves him.
Robert Keiper's voice is perfect for the story and conjures up visions of the described desert mountains and rolling plains.
A big thank you to Mr Keiper, and....(hint, hint)...I believe there is a fourth book called Dan Barry's Daughter.
February 12, 2010 Subject:
Max Brand was a terrific writer whose work is sometimes undeservedly classed as Western pulp fiction. For those of us who don't travel west of St Helens he evokes the lonely north American desert country and the tough men and women who settled it. A great story.
Thanks to Robert Keiper for a professional quality reading. Robert's voice characterizations, tone, and pacing are perfect for this story. Sound quality equally good. Well done indeed!